Coping with wind and rain

  • Threatening rain
  • Rains or wind at lunch time
  • Severe storms
  • Choosing a campsite
  • Erecting tents
  • Getting a fire started
  • Breaking camp in rain or snow
  • Keeping warm in wet conditions

Keeping warm and comfortable is one of the main occupations of bushwalkers and ski tourers. When the temperature drops below their personal comfort level due to the wind, precipitation or lack of sunshine, experienced walkers and skiers can quickly adjust their clothing to minimise discomfort. They know what to pack, where to find it, and when to put it on. For less experienced group members, it is not so obvious. As a leader or a more experienced party member, your guidance in clothing and camping matters could be of utmost importance to the well-being and safety of the whole party.

It is important to know what to do and how to use available equipment and material to cope with adverse conditions. Taking the correct equipment is vitally important for safety and making the best of adverse conditions. These issues are covered in Chapter 13 (Camping in snow or slush), Chapter 26 (Advising on clothing and equipment) and Appendix 1 (Clothing and equipment lists).